Megamerinidae

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Megamerinidae
Megamerina.dolium.-.lindsey.jpg
Megamerina dolium from Belgium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Muscomorpha
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Acalyptratae
Superfamily: Diopsoidea
Family: Megamerinidae
Genera

Protexara
Megamerina
Texara

Megamerinidae is a family of flies (Diptera) with about 11 species in the genera Protexara Yang Megamerina Rondani, and Texara Walker. They are marked by an elongate, basally constricted abdomen. The family is typically placed in the superfamily Diopsoidea[1] (but may be placed in Nerioidea by some authors).

Description[edit]

For terms see Morphology of Diptera

Slender, medium-sized flies, with a long abdomen.The femora are thickened, and bear two rows of spinules on lower side. The costa is entire and the anal cell is elongated.

Biology[edit]

The immature biology of Megamerinidae is poorly known, but larvae have been recorded as predators living under bark or decaying vegetation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tolweb.org/Megamerinidae/10602 Tree of Life Web: Megamerinidae
  • Family description
  • Hennig. 1941. Megamerinidae. In: Lindner, E. (Ed.). Die Fliegen der palaearktischen Region 5,39,1-4. Keys to Palaearctic species but now needs revision (in German).